Cat Chat Newsletter - August 2018 


Dear Cienega Families, 

Welcome back to Cienega!!! I hope that all of you had a relaxing summer break with a chance to connect with family and friends.

The 2018-2019 school year is underway, and students and staff are already working hard. Along with out strong academic programs: athletics, fine arts, and clubs are in full strength and have begun their preparations for the school year. Please contact us for information on any extra-curricular programs that your child may be interested in joining.

I would like to introduce some of our staff in order to offer assistance to you and your child for the 18/19 school year. We have re-organized our counseling department and they all can be found in our Education Center and Library. Their caseloads and contact information are below.

Assistant Principals:
Kelly Hadden- Grades 10-12, A-L,
400 Building: Athletics, Fine Arts, Clubs, CTE
Kim Middleton- Grades 10-12, M-Z,
500 Building: Upper Level Curriculum/Instruction
Dean Nourse- Freshman Academy 
300 Building: Freshman Curriculum/Instruction, Special Education

Eric Boxley A-C, 879-2854,
Rebecca Carrier D-G, 879-1825,
Colette Alvarado H-L, 879-2904, alvaradoc@
Sylvia Lewandowski M-Q 879-2817, lewandowskis@
Sheri Mitzel R-S, 879-2868, mitzels@
John Tritz T-Z, 879-1843, tritzj@
Dainah Graham Bobcat Scholar Academy, 879-2819, grahamd@
Amy Kuhn Credit Recovery, 879-1860, kuhna@

School Resource Officer:
Deputy William Farmer 879-2800,

Lead Security:
Ron Burton 879-2800

In closing, please keep up with your child's academics by using all of the parent resource tool found on the CHS Webpage Here you can get connected into PowerSchool, free tutoring in Math and English and other h elpful resources to assist you in being fully involved in your child's schooling. It is imperative that all of our students start the school year strong to carry them through the entire school year.

As we head into the new school year, we thank you in advance for all you do to make Cienega one of the top high schools in Arizona.

We are Bobcat Nation!!!

Nemer Hassey




Meet your counselors. Be sure to check the Counseling Hub on Schoology. Every student is enrolled in a class called "Counseling Hub". Be sure to check that class for important dates and information that would pertain to your students grade level specific activities or events.

We wanted to remind you to check your student's mymealtime account to ensure they have money for lunch.  If you need a free/reduced lunch application, please click on the link provided and fill it out online. 
If your student was on free or reduced lunch last school year, their services will expire on August 28th. 
Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

    Cienega has fifteen new teachers this school year! We will be
presenting our new teachers to you via this forum for the next few months.  We thought this would be a fun way for you to get to know them a little better. 

Willie Jordan MSgt- NJROTC
Where were you born: Arizona  
Where did you go to college: BEAR DOWN
What is your favorite movie:Halloween anything scary 
What is your favorite TV show: NCIS
What is your favorite sports team: Washington Redskins
What was/is your favorite vacation: Near the water anywhere, fishing
What is your favorite quote: "Everyday is Friday, 65 Degrees with a Cool Breeze."
What is your favorite thing about 
Cienega: The Lovely People 

Lene Carroll-World History Teacher

Where were you born: Tucson, Arizona 
Where did you go to college: 
University of Arizona (BA), University of Strathclyde (M
Litt), University of Arizona (M.Ed) 

What is your favorite movie: Beauty and the Beast
What is your favorite TV show: Supernatural
What is your favorite sports team: Don't have a favorite sports team.
What was/is your favorite vacation:  Favorite vacation was when I went to Tennessee with my parents at the age of 16. There were a lot of ups and downs of that trip, but we made it through as a family. 
What is your favorite quote: " All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney y
What is your favorite thing about Cienega: The Community and Culture.

Cailah Mack- Technology Technician
Where were you born: Gainesville, FL
Where did you go to college: University of South Florida St. Petersburg
What is your favorite movie: The Iron Giant, Guardians of the Galaxy
What is your favorite TV show: Voltron remake, Star Tr ek: The Next Generation
What is your favorite quote: Life is Sweet
What is your favorite thing about Cienega: Everyone always has a welcoming, warm smile and an eagerness to help.


Underclassmen School pictures are Tuesday, August 21 and Wednesday, August 22 in English classes. Attached is a copy of the order form that will be sent home the week before.
*Senior Picture Day is October 15 & 16

The Cats CARE Team!
Hello and welcome to another beautiful Bobcat school year! Cats CARE ( Changing Attitudes Towards Success: Caring Acts of Responsibility for Everyone) Team functions through the use of an ideology called Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support, PBIS.
CatsCARE Team (PBIS) will continue to work behind the scenes this year to make sure Cienega is a safe, nurturing, and positive environment where students can learn and grow into adulthood. The team is made up of teachers, students, administrators, counselors, parents, security, special education staff and classified staff...all of the stakeholders on campus. We put programs in place to give staff opportunities to say, "Good for you!" rather than, "Shame on you." Programs that strive to keep Cienega's culture positive for all students are the goal, and those programs rise up from data collected from discipline referrals and reports of incidents involving students.
  PBIS is a significant cornerstone of how we make decisions on campus and is a long standing tradition at Cienega. Our programs have been recognized as exemplary models of PBIS and we have hosted many other schools and districts who are striving to build up their own programs. We hope to highlight some of the programs in future issues of Cat Chat.
  Please know that your student is attending a school committed to supporting positive behavior, which in turn reduces discipline issues.



SEP (Senior Exit Project) is a governing board approved, Vail School District requirement for all Seniors who are preparing to graduate. This project includes three different components: shadowing, a paper on a Critical Issue related to the profession being shadowed, and a presentation. For more information, your child should see their Government teacher, English teacher, or Mrs. Matsushino and Mrs. Magnuson in the 500 building.


For juniors and seniors, it's time to start thinking about taking the ACT test.  It is recommended that you and your child log onto the websites of College/Universities of interest to see the desired ACT score.  Once you have that in mind, find a date and location that works best for your child and sign up soon! We will be offering a test this Spring at no cost, however If you're looking for multiple opportunities, check out the dates listed on the flyer below. 

We have ACT Prep courses here at Cienega to help your child prepare! For only $35, your child can attend three prep courses and receive the materials too!  Students can make their payment in the bookstore and then come see us in the 500 building to reserve their spot! 

ZAPS PSAT/SAT Test-Prep Seminar
Calling all Juniors! Doorway to College Foundation is providing a 5 hour PSAT/SAT Seminar for Juniors who are needing to prepare for the SAT test. This will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, September 12-13th from 3:15PM - 5:45PM here at Cienega. Register for this seminar at or call 877-927-8378. All Juniors should receive the flyer with more information.

The 2018-2019 yearbook will be available for purchase on Prices are as followed:  [Pre-order early and save!] through August 18: $75, Then $85 through January, February - April: $90, May: $95.
Dear Senior Parents, 
        Celebrate your senior with a custom page in the back of the 2019 yearbook! A half page is $75 and a full page is $125, there are only 20 pages available. Show your senior how proud you are of all their accomplishments with their own custom page! 


Linked below, please find the schedule for Free Tutoring that we have available on our campus throughout this school year.  On this document you will find times, locations and teachers that are available for Math and English tutoring.  If you have any questions, please direct them to Stephanie Magnuson Instructional Support Teacher (520) 879-1807. 

NJROTC Cadets were kept busy during the Summer.  Five outstanding NJROTC cadets successfully completed the NJROTC Area 11 Arizona Leadership Academy, which was held 4 - 9 June 2018 at Moon Valley High School. 

Some of the other events cadets assisted with include the American Legion Post 109 Memorial Day Ceremony on 28 May 2018,  presentation of Colors for the Arizona Department of Education Leading Change Conferences on 4 June and 6 June 2018, marched in the "Colossal Fourth" parade which was held on 4 July 2018, and assisted with Cienega's Open House on 26 July 2018.  

Welcome Back Bobcat Volunteers! 
To become a  NEW  volunteer or to  RENEW  your online application click on the link below for more information:

Contact Amy Burton, Volunteer Coordinator
(520) 879-2811

Dear Parents and Students,

Bobcat Broadcasting is asking for your support on Thursday, August 30th at the Freshman Football season opener against Sunnyslope. We are running concessions at the game and could use your financial support so that we can continue to deliver high caliber broadcasts of Cienega athletic and student events. Freshman Football takes on Sunny
slope at 6pm on Thursday, August 30th. GO CATS!" 


Welcome Bobcat Parents,  
My name is Michelle White, and I am the current president of Cienega's PTO, fondly referred to as Cat FRAT.   
We achieve our mission by working TOGETHER.

Become a member and join Cat FRAT.  It's $10 per family, per year. The link to our membership form is below and can be turned into the front office or emailed to our treasurer.   
  • Popcorn Sales at Varsity Football Games
  • Fry's Community Rewards Program - Link your Fry's Card
  • 2019 Entertainment Books $25
  • Coca-Cola Gives Program - Save/turn in Code Product Codes
  • Mug Sales - $12 Stainless Steel mugs, includes a FREE popcorn
  • NEW! CHS Fans - For those HOT days and football game nights!
We have a GREAT time and we'd love for you to join the fun.
If you have any questions please contact us. 
President: Michelle White
Vice President: Heather Head
Treasurer: Shanne Youngblood
Secretary: Michelle White
Assistant Principal: Kelly Hadden
Volunteer Coordinator: Amy Burton
Yours truly,
Michelle White


Congratulations to Adrian Blair for being our Phat Cat Drawing winner on Thursday, August 9th. Adrian won an Abercrombie and Fitch perfume set and $50 gift card. 



Thank you parents for your support. We truly appreciate your involvement! 

Cienega High School


8/21 & 8/22
Picture Day 

8/23  NHS Blood Drive
8/27 Spirit Week

8/29 Half Day for Students

8/31 School Dance

9/3 No School 

9/5 Parent/Teacher

9/11-9/14, 9/18-9/19
Benchmark Testing


9/19 Bobcat Student of Success 

Fall Break 



Cienega High School
Vision Statement
Cienega High School creates an educational environment utilizing partnerships among community, parents, and staff to assist students in maximizing their academic potential and promoting life-long learning.
Front Office - 879-2800     Attendance -  879-2803   
Bookstore - 879-2824 
Registrar - 879-2812

Health Office - 879-2810

Front Office/200 House   
Nemer Hassey
Secretary - Chris Rich 879-2816 

300 House
Assistant Principal
Dean Nourse

Secretary - Gianni Wanaka 879-2855

Education Center
Eric Boxley 
A-C 879-2854
Rebecca Carrier- 
D-G 879-1825
Colette Alvarado- 
H-L 879-2904
Sylvia Lewandowski- 
M-Q  879-2817
Sheri Mitzel -  R-S 879-2868
John Tritz - T-Z 879-1843  
Dainah Graham - 879-2819
Bobcat Scholar Academy

400/600 House/Athletics    
Assistant Principal 
Kelly Hadden
Athletic Director - Whitney Holland - 879-1813            

Secretary -  Sandi Morrison

500 House/Special Education       
Assistant Principal
Kim Middleton
Secretary - Cassandra Bahrychuk 879-2874

Counselor M - Z

Special Education Secretary Patty McKnight 879-1804
Communications Coordinator
Juanita Mari- 879-2815   
  CHS website:                 


Sodexho - 879-2090 or 

District Office - 879-2000

Transportation - 879-2475

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